After a overnight stop at Tilos, we arrived in Nisyros which is claimed to be “one of the most beautiful Aegean islands, still untouched by the tourism growth.” Neither correct, but absolutely worth a stop over.
Captain Cook and *W hired a scooter for a day to explore the island. And survived. Interesting stuff on volcanoes too.
With Gerry and his Pacemaker well settled aboard, we sailed south and east down the Carian Coast, with lunch stops on day hops into the Gulf of Gökova, avoiding the afternoon NW meltemi winds as much as possible.
Highlights included a night at Castle Island, with its famous Cleopatra Beach. The special fine white sand is peculiar only to this beach, and tradition narrates that Cleopatra imported the sand from the Egyptian desert for her lover Antony. Would my *W do the same for me?
Another find was Bozuk Bükü – a large bay dominated by the ruins of a Hellenic castle, believed to date from around the 10th century BC and strategically placed to influence the seaway between the mainland and the island of Rhodes 10 miles to the south.
The surroundings are stunningly beautiful with the ruins of ancient Loryma scattered about the bay with the ancient citadel preserved virtually intact.
With calm weather, and a brave Gerry, it was time for him to head up the mast to fix an antenna issue. Well done, Gerry
And something you don’t see everyday – a Goat in a Boat
After Captain Dampier and his Buccaneer departed in Bodrum, it was left to Captain Cook and *W to get SPRING to the 100 odd nm to Kusadasi to collect new crew .
No wind and wind on the nose meant mostly motoring with no more than a couple of hours sailing. By the time we reached Didim (a.k.a Didyma), a popular seaside holiday resort, we decided the extra 2-3 days with adverse winds to get to Kusadasi wasn’t worth it, so we agreed with Gerry and his Pacemaker to taxi to join us.
Whilst awaiting their arrival we explored locally, including visiting the Apollo Temple ruins.
Where’s the dwarf?
Medusa was a monster, a Gorgon, generally described as a winged human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair.
The Oracle told us it was going to be hot, damn hot, and yes it was!
And off we go again – south and east so favourable winds at last.
Thanks to the recommendation from the world famous Jim McG, who annual celebrates his own Knidos Day, SPRING spent a most favourable day enjoying the pleasures of Knidos.
One of the major ancient cities in Caria (southwest Turkey), it was famous for a very special object: the Knidian Aphrodite, a marble statue depicting the goddess of love in the nude. Unfortunately when we visited, the sacred brothels are long since closed.